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WATCH LIST: June 2012

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

By Observer Staff

Take This Waltz
DIRECTED BY SARAH POLLEY, STARRING MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SETH ROGEN AND LUKE KIRBY (Mongrel Media)


During a humid Toronto summer, a young woman with a touch of depression strays from her cookbook-writer husband of five years and falls for the rickshaw-driver artist next door. This summertime flick gently explores the complications of love, asking subtle questions about what the idea of a lifelong relationship does to our image of ourselves. June 29


The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy
BY MICHAEL LEWIS AND PAT CONALTY (New Society Publishers)


There’s a realistic case to be made for creating a sustainable human presence on Earth. Arguing for serious reconsideration of our limitless consumption, the authors use practical examples — housing, banking, eating — to point the way toward long-term cultural shifts. The book offers hope and inspiration for living within our ecological limits and with respect in Creation. June 1


Somewhere Over the Sea: A Father’s Letter to his Autistic Son
BY HALFDAN W. FREIHOW, translated
by ROBERT FERGUSON (House of Anansi)


In an updated version of his memoir Dear Gabriel, the father of a young man with autism describes the complex type of love that emerges when his family is up against a world of misunderstanding. Tenderly following his son’s triumphs and disappointments, Halfdan W. Freihow offers a glimpse into Gabriel’s life from a parent’s perspective, with a new foreword by author Ian Brown. June 2


Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea
BY CARTER PHIPPS (Harper Perennial)

Call it evolutionary spirituality. Carter Phipps, editor of EnlightenNext magazine, describes how a new breed of thinkers is taking ownership of both sides of the evolution debate. Conceiving of evolution as a spiritually directed force propelling contemporary culture, they’ve got new ideas to bridge the longstanding gaps between religion and science, myth and fact. June 26






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